Monday, March 21, 2005

Qatar Theatre Bombing

I don't know what the etiquette of posting seriously upsetting stuff on blogs is, but here goes anyway.

One Briton was killed in a suicide car-bomb attack on a theatre in Doha, Qatar, 2 days ago. I learnt yesterday afternoon that the dead man had been a friend of mine. I had suspected this as a possibility all day long, but the news reports resolutely refused to name the victim. When it was confirmed a being Jon, it was devastating news. This man had so much talent in his chosen fields, and for his life to be snuffed out in an instant by a suicidal maniac just makes no sense whatsoever.

What is more upsetting is that had the perp blown himself up about 10 minutes earlier, up to 100 people would have been killed (he had chosen to attack the cafeteria of the theatre, and did so shortly after the interval in the play). And that this could happen in Qatar, which has always been very hot on security and has never witnessed such an incident before. And that Qatar is almost no distance from the UAE. And that Al Qaeda's Saudi leader, Saleh al-Oufi has called on supporters in Qatar, Bahrain, Oman & the UAE to attack 'crusaders'. And that nobody actually knows what these people want, apart from an apparent desire to kill themselves and as many innocents as they can.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for this vile, cowardly, sickening and utterly bloody pointless attack.

RIP Jon, we miss you.



Blogger Dhabi Dabbler said...

I was concerned about Qatar and contacted people I knew in the aftermath of the bombing to make sure they were OK. It is part of being here that you can be subject to attack, be it the Afgan taxi driver berating you in arabic or something as horrific as happened in Doha.
I did not know Jon but I am sorry for your loss.

10:14 pm  
Anonymous Abbie said...

I'm so very proud of the turn out in Doha yesterday. It was reported that 5000 people turned out onto the streets and marched to the theatre in solidarity against terrorism and violence. The crowd were a mix of Qataris and expats muslim and non muslim. They were mourning the death of one a respected friend as well as publicly condemning the violence that caused it.

9:06 am  

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